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This does borrow heavily from the Indiana Jones formula but the characters are not only likeable but memorable and the one liners are by far the best I've heard in years. Rick, Benney, Johnathan and even the chick Evelyn are all a scream and pleasure to watch follow this one through. It is hugely toungue in cheek, I believe that this is what is effecting alot of opinion around here, everyone, it does not take it's self anywhere near seriously. "Kill the bad guy, rescue the damsel in distress, save the world" that sums it up perfectly. The action is a delight, the interactions of everybody, it is one huge pleasure feast, they have left behind all the corny fright stuff of the classics and made this a special effects and humour driven rollercoaster.
The add for the sequel looks like they may have left behind what was best about this one, it seems to be more serious and paced action stuff but so did the add for this original. This is one of the greatest adventure flicks ever made, do yourself a favour and see it. 10/10 for its perfection.
To be honest, this film is not my cup of tea, but I recognize that it does have some excellent features. Brendan Foster and Rachel Weisz make a great partnership and go a long way in setting the pace and maintaining it at top speed.Also, they somehow or other are able to link together a whole series of scenes composed of farcical nonsense. And in the labyrinth of passageways where the scenes take place I find myself at a complete loss in understanding just where they are inside the pyramid. But that does not matter. There are far more exciting and terrifying things to worry about e.g. the bloodless mummies resurrected and in a fit of rage attack our heroes with wild abandon and the scarab beetles that can enter beneath the skin and burrow around the human body. There is danger at every corner. The special effects are so well done. Swords flash in every direction and legs,arms and heads of the mummies are sent flying from their scare-crow figures. Our hero and heroine escape death by a split second time and time again like the characters in the Saturday afternoon serials. Anything can be done to excess and I feel the fight with the mummies is rather long and a trifle repetitive. I wonder sometimes if special effects are ousting the actors in cinema today. This is a mammoth production. It must have cost a fortune to make. The most exciting episodes for me are the escapes through the corridors with the counterbalanced blocks of stone closing the escape routes. I admire the charismatic Brendan Fraser (so good in George of the Jungle). He handles these crazy parts so well. His co-star Rachel Weisz plays an archeological librarian who unbelievably does translations of Egytian hieroglyphs while on the run. What a gal! In a word, this film is a mad mixture of movie magic. Kids will love it to the end.
I thought this movie was really good it was a good escape from reality for 2 hours and is a must for Indiana Jones fans. Brendan Fraser was at his very best no doubt about that playing the mummy slayer Rick. Rachel Weisz played the damsel in distress really good so did John Hannah whom played her brother he added some great humour to the movie. This movie is a must for all you adventure types you can,t go wrong. I forgot to mention the guy who played the mummy Arnold Vosloo he does not say much but he put forward to me you don,t mess with him. And watch out for the bugs!
I really enjoyed this film;It was brilliant and quite funny.I found it really jumpy and scary in places.It was better than I expected.The film had no bad points. I recommend you go see it. My rating is 9/10.
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The first time I saw 'The Mummy', I was terrified. Of course, I was
only 9 years old then (and very much a chicken obviously). Now that I
am 20 years old and have seen the film without a hint of terror, I'm
very much glad I got over my childish fear of flesh-eating bugs and sat
through this amazing movie's entire length. It's too good a film not to
The movie starts out in ancient Egyptian times, sometime around 2000 years B.C. Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo) is the trusted High Priest to Pharaoh Seti I, but he's got a thing for Seti's soon-to-be wife, Anck-Su-Namon (Patricia Velasquez). They have an affair behind the Pharaoh's back and plot to take over the rule with a devious, murderous ambition. When Anck kills herself after she and the High Priest brazenly kill Seti, Imhotep tries to resurrect his love, only to be captured by Pharaoh's watchdogs, the Med-jai. Imhotep is mummified alive, the victim of the dreaded Hom-Dai, and sealed up inside the base of an Anubis statue in Hamunaptra, the City of the Dead. Anyone who disturbs him risks releasing his wrath on the world.
Flashforward to Cairo, Egypt in 1926, and we have librarian Evelyn Carnahan (Rachel Weisz) and her booze-loving brother Jonathan (John Hannah). They happen upon a map that leads to the fabled Hamunaptra, which is hidden in a 'puzzle box' that Jonathan swipes off an unsuspecting American. This American is Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser), an ex-legionnaire who has been locked up in a Cairo prison for 3 years and someone who just happens to have been to Hamunaptra. Evelyn pays for O'Connell's release, and she convinces him to take her and Jonathan to the City of the Dead. After all, it could be the find of the century! The three of them, along with O'Connell's former buddy Beni (Kevin O'Connor) leading his own party of 3 rowdy American cowboys, excavate through the City and unfortunately happen upon Imhotep's tomb. At the same time, the American tomb raiders and their snooty Egyptologist Dr. Chamberlin find the famous and powerful Black Book of the Dead, which if read correctly will bring the dead to life. Evelyn sneaks it away from Chamberlin and reads it raising Imhotep from the grave and unleashing his fury. It's now a life or death struggle as the unfortunate individuals try to escape Imhotep's vehemence. I'll let you find out for yourself what happens, should you so choose to watch the movie.
This is one action movie that I could watch over and over. The dialogue, the costumes, the music, I pretty much love everything about this movie. I'm very big into Egyptian mythology, so there's one more reason why I adore this film. Even though the real Imhotep wasn't a homicidal, back-stabbing High Priest to Seti (he was actually an engineer and architect) and the Book of the Dead isn't really a book at all (rather, it is a set of papyrus scrolls laid to rest with each mummified individual), the story behind this particular Imhotep really sucked you into him. The other characters are excellent as well. I think Evelyn is my favorite movie heroine: she's got brains and a little brawn behind her, and she's not a stereotypical damsel-in-distress or sword-wielding assassin chick. She carries herself well. Jonathan is a riot, Rick is the kind of guy you would love to have as a body guard, and Imhotep himself is the most diabolical former priest to ever be resurrected. My personal favorites are the Americans: Daniels, Henderson and Burns, Daniels being my favorite of them all (Corey Johnson is one of my 5 favorite actors). Beni adds the right amount of comic relief and Jonathan Hyde's Chamberlin is perfect for the obnoxious, know-it-all professor. The plot's easy to follow, and the special effects are pretty damn good.
There's nothing better than a good action movie, and 'The Mummy' is definitely among the best. I highly recommend seeing it (and its sequel, one of the few sequels I actually like). It's alright if you know nothing of Egypt and its rich, mythological past; once you get sucked in, you won't want to be pulled out.
My grade: A+, 10/10
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This is a must see adventure for all!, its an excellent Mummy movie, with fantastic special effects and fun performances!. All the characters are just great!, and the story is really cool, plus Brendan Fraser makes a surprisingly great Action hero!. Fraser and Rachel Weisz had very good chemistry together, and John Hannah is very funny as Evelyn's brother!, plus Arnold Vosloo made for a pretty damn good Mummy!. OK granted, it may not be as good as the 1932 classic staring Boris Karloff, or even the 1959 version starring Chrsitopher Lee, however it really does make for a very entertaining action film, only problem it runs a tad too long, but it's never boring. One of the funniest moments for me is when Evelyn (Rachel Weisz) is in the Library putting books back on the shelves and the ladder collapses, and she messes up the whole library!. It's very well written and made, and i thought Kevin J. O'Connor was very good as the weasel Beni!, plus The finale is very exciting!. This is a must see adventure for all, it's an excellent Mummy movie, with fantastic special effects and fun performances!, and I say it's a must see for everyone. The Direction is awesome!. Stephen Sommers does an awesome! job here, with fantastic camera work, great angles, and lots of other cool shots as well!, plus he kept the film at a very fast pace. The Acting is wonderful!. Brendan Fraser is absolutely wonderful here, he has all the tools to be a great action hero, and here he proves it, with his sly humor, and his charisma!, he also had very good chemistry with Rachel Weisz, kicked that ass, was extremely likable, and was just tons of fun to watch!(Fraser Rules!!). Rachel Weisz is gorgeous, and does excellent here, she was adorable, had very good chemistry with Brendan Fraser, and she didn't take things all that seriously most of the time, which made her even more fun to watch!, she was great. John Hannah is very funny as the brother of Evelyn, sure he may be part of the comic relief, but his character really amused me as I thought it blended in with the film pretty well in my opinion!. Arnold Vosloo may not be great in terms of Acting range here, but he sure has one hell of a presence, and made for one awesome Mummy!, he was creepy, and extremely menacing, i loved him!.Kevin J. O'Connor is very effective as the weasel Benni!, perhaps a little too well, he was so convincing!. Oded Fehr is great here as Ardeth, he was cool, and likable i dug his part. Rest of the cast do fine. Overall a must see for everyone!. ****1/2 out of 5
Evelyn Carnahan (Rachel Weisz) wants to start an archaeological dig at
the ancient city of Hamunaptra. Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser) is
arrested for stealing but was rescued by Evelyn. Together along with
her brother Jonathan (John Hannah), they are racing with another group
of explorers. Unfortunately for everyone, the curse of the Mummy is
Brendan Fraser is having a lot fun playing this Indiana Jones like character. And he has fun chemistry with Rachel Weisz. They have a great back and forth. The adventure is again fun. That's the key word for this film, fun.
Director Stephen Sommers' version of the horror classic, The Mummy
(1932), has been one of Universal's most successful franchises. It's
also because of this that got Stephen Sommers famous. It also made a
slew of other celebrities famous as well. And although it does not play
like an Indiana Jones film, it pays homage to archaeologists and the
magic within old architecture. Not mention this film made two more
Starring in this film is Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, and Arnold Vosloo as the mummy called Imhotep. This is the first film that I witnessed Arnold Vosloo and then later on I realized he also played in two other sequels of Sam Raimi's Darkman (1990) series, which I thought he played really well. Brendan Fraser is not one of my top favorite actors but I do like the way he works in these kinds of films. I enjoyed his performance in Looney Tunes: Back In Action (2003), but I liked him even more in this film. The character of Fraser, Rick O'Connell has serious personality but in a goofy fashion. The rest of the characters in this film act the same way. Rachel Weisz's character, Evelyn can be klutzy at times and so is her nitwit brother Jonathan played by John Hannah.
The goofiness is what's good about this movie. The actors know their characters are silly and that makes it funny to watch. The stupidest person of all in this film is Jonathan. Truly, he does not know what he's doing and in the end, he's never satisfied; shows you how grateful he is to be alive (after all he's been through). What also works great is the dialog. So much of it is serious but in such an indirect way that it doesn't come off as serious. I guess this was the idea of Sommers' mummy film. He wanted the audience to enjoy it with some decent action and funny one liners,...and it worked.
The Mummy has a mix of multiple genres because how the screenplay is set up. Arnold Vosloo can play a pretty scary mummy; little kids will be terrified by him. The whole undead idea is the horror aspect. As for the silliness, that's the comedy aspect. The action is great in this film too. Most of it using firearms but it does involve an interesting flight sequence and the finale is really fun to watch. Seeing O'Connell fight off a slew of undead Egyptian guards. Bring it on! Or as O'Connell said sarcastically, "This just keeps getting better and better". Because 1999 was the time where special effects were really starting to get high- tech, this movie has some really nice visuals. Also the music is great which Jerry Goldsmith composed. I enjoyed this film very much and it really has a good reputation although less than half of critics liked it.
Besides having a villain with the same name, this mummy movie is nothing like the original classic from 1932. What makes it different is Stephen Sommers' direction of abandoning the slow droning tone and mostly replacing it with comedy, action and some shades of horror.
The Mummy will begin in that old fashioned, mythical manner in that an
off screen narrator verbally informs us of a legacy of events which
prelude the body of the film; the tone that of an old storyteller, even
fable-like in its sounding as the oral informing us of a time gone by
and actions which happened is put across. It's an opening slice of
narration that might just as well as seen its scripture begin with the
line: "Once upon a time, long ago, there was a great warrior....."
Stephen Sommers' film will go on to flit manically from tone to tone
and from content to content; a harmless, teen-aged orientated throwaway
action flick one minute, a rather hardened and somewhat full on horror
piece venturing into territory you just do not initially entrust it
will go anywhere near, the next. His film is a romping, old fashioned
escapade through adventurous territory and old fashioned mythical
sensibilities; a film with a foot in the science fiction, what with its
content linked to characters able to bring people back from the dead
and flesh eating monsters that do not exist; horror and post-Indiana
Jones action adventure.
The aforementioned story of the opening loosely goes on to describe a forbidden romance set in an alternate ancient Egypt between the then Pheroh of that time's partner and one of his entrusted high priests named Imhotep (Vosloo), something that leads to her arranged death and the sentencing of the priest plus his aides to live mummification, a process loosely described by one of the leads a little later on as something not particularly pleasant if we weren't already familiar with such things - although, it does beg the question as to whether it's even possible to actually be alive during said process for anything beyond that of about two seconds.
Fast-forward from ancient Egypt to the same nation in the 1920s and enter the lead, an American mercenary named Rick O'Connell (Fraser); a brave man, a man with the ability to take control of a hostile situation as he leads a band of men against some aggressors at a protected burial site; to use an array of weaponry with consummate ease and who additionally sports an array of meal insignia on his tunic suggesting experience and expertise within this field he is the ultimate warrior of the age, a modern-day action man eventually going up against the cursed; blood thirsty values and mindsets of that of the ancient. Also in Egypt, and not so far away, is Evelyn Carnahan (Weisz); an educated English woman working in a library whom outlines her credentials and skills to her employer purely for out benefit when he challenges her. She's a little pit perky; a tad goofy because of the mess she makes at her workplace and the manner in which she makes it, at one point having to balance precariously on a ladder.
Her laid back and often amusing brother, named Jonathan (Hannah), then brings into her possession an artifact which could spell some serious archaeological ramifications. Following the obtaining of an imprisoned O'Connell, given he is vital to where it is the artifact will lead them, the trio set off for the deeper; sandier and more barren spots of Egypt to uncover greater truths about the trinket it turned out Jonathan stole from O'Connell, a trinket which is more broadly linked to that of the opening ancient Egypt-set story. What will come to form between Evelyn and Rick is a lightly played but fun enough romance beginning with O'Connell dismissing the moment he kissed her from behind his barred jail window as something which "seemed like a good idea at the time" because he was "about to be hung".
On the journey with them, but in opposing camps, are some greedy American treasure hunters whom enjoy their gunfights along with their own English academic, who's sexist, and led overall by the weaselly, one-time buddy of Rick's named Beni (O'Connor). The two troupés rolling along dusty; desert terrains to orchestral bursts of orchestral music, MacGuffin in hand, as the sun beats down and the treasure lies out there somewhere, is quite good fun at the best of its times; although Rick's ongoing and somewhat inexplicable feud with Beni is hardly the stuff of Blondie and Tuco. One thing leads onto another, the eventual resurrecting of Imhotep spelling disaster for the rest of everyone as he wrecks his revenge on the world he still sees as the one that forbade his genuine love for another. The film engineers into a race against time against the seemingly indestructible villain, the moment he's got all his bits and pieces together to complete the resurrection ritual the moment spelling disaster for all.
Sommers' film is good fun in the long run. It is the sort of film that has its characters crack jokes and break one-liners in the face of an apocalypse, and in light of people formulating angry views on characters constantly outrunning explosions or things that they ought not be able to in films of this ilk, actually has a scene in which it sticks around to see what happens to the poor bastard unable to get away from the proverbial danger: the result is less than pleasant. The film is not without flaw, but it's difficult to get too angry over a piece as self-aware as The Mummy is of the old fashioned, spirited romp that it is. Look at the scene in which the protagonist even identifies his quest as one in which rescuing the damsel in distress; defeating the villain and saving the world must be achieved so as to attain parity, labelling it "the usual". With a well-sewn romance manoeuvred into the film and a great deal of threat persistently looming over proceedings; The Mummy is a decent, enjoyable little B-movie adventure which above most other things, is at least refreshingly honest.
Oh dear! Perhaps the genre has seen too many serious attempts in the past for any producer to contemplate another. If we grade the handling of the subject and its commitment, regarding either Abbott and Costello or the Marx Bros Meet the Curse of the Pharoah at 1, to Indiana Jones at 10, this film comes in at about 4. I found myself disenchanted at the lack of any form of intellectual content, with minimal lip-service being paid to the scholarship in Egyptology. The characters are largely pantomime, with stereotypical roles and attitudes. Spoof-laden, most of the scenes are (I hope, intentionally) played for laughs, an especially irritating strategy which undermines all attempts to make any convincing characterisations - not that there are any genuine attempts, or characters, for that matter. The pace of the film is generally too fast, a feature which also contributes to its overall superficiality. Top marks for securing the services of Jerry Goldsmith, however. The music is truly worthy of a much greater film.
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